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How to Boost Your Optimistic Attitude

By Holly McDorman

Optimism is a state of mind. Therefore, it can be achieved with some exercise and useful tips. Being optimistic means looking on the good side of things and believing that even in a tough situation a good thing will come from it. Learning way to boost an optimistic attitude will bring more smiles to your face and lessen stress.

Train your thoughts
The biggest difference being optimism and pessimism are your own thoughts. However, if you are the type of person to thinking of the negative then you must find a way to promote positive thinking. This can be done with subtle reminders to think good thoughts. You could put a rubber band on your wrist, and then snap it on your skin whenever you find yourself thinking a negative thought. This type of training is reinforcement. Because you do not like the sting of the band then you will think less negative thoughts. This type of training can be applied with other things besides rubber bands.

Remembering the good things
A lot of times a person that is full of optimism will think that nothing good ever happens to them. One way to remember that this is not true is to write down the good things that do happen. It makes it much easier to remember if it is written down. Get a journal or any type of notebook and write down good things as they happen to you. Next time you start thinking that only bad things happen to you then you can look back and remember all of the good things.

Find a positive escape from reality
If you find it hard to think positive in your own reality then you can escape into someone else's reality. Reading a book or watching an uplifting movie may be what you just need to start thinking positively. Comedies are great for a good laugh which will relax you and help you think clearly. Chicken Soup for the Soul books are full of inspirational passages for those that find themselves in a place of despair.

Learning how to turn bad situation into good things is the true mark of optimism. Messy rooms and divorce are just a couple of situations that I have experienced that I had to think of the positive in them. Everything has a good side, you just have to try yourself to find it. Some of these ideas might also help to learn to think more positive.

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